How to write a professional job description for a wireless engineer position

Usually when I read a job description or any article in general, I don’t pay much attention on the typos but when I came by this particular job posting, I couldn’t help noticing the amount of mistakes, typing errors and the usage of chat acronyms. Some of the requirements are just funny to read like “make an excellent presentation to customer”. I honestly don’t know if any professional aims at doing bad presentations!
or this one “convince customer to accept analysis report”, I mean come on!. Either you write a convincing analysis report which customer acceptance comes an expected result or you write bad reports that don’t match customer requirements and I don’t see how any customer can possibily be convinced by such report.
The word “integration” is written wrong in two different ways, luckily it only appears twice in the posting.
And last but not least, this job requires “Excellent English Language skills”. YES, that’s it! and they certainly set the standard for that one.

I couldn’t believe how unprofessional the poster was and that, in one way or another, reflects the (un)seriousness of the employer, which for the record happens to be anonymous.

Here’s a copy of the job posting in case the link becomes broken when the job is unposted

Wireless Engineer

Notes; if you dont fits the below knowledge, pls dont apply? thank you

1. Participating in all wireless activites (new site intergration, BBP expansion, etc..), with continuos communication and follows up with Senior Managers.
2. Verifying product solutions, developing delivery solution and make an excellent presentation to customer.
3. Handling on time technical problems following company process, communicate and convince customer to accept analysis report and related solutions.
4. Planning any network cut-over/upgrade activities, develop the solution and perform excution once required.
5. Mastering product knowledge and transfer the skill to customer by excellent presentation.

1. Experience in Wireless field, experet in 2 of the GSM/WCDMA/LET/CDMA technology and products, familiar with network topology, bandwidth requirement of each interface, dimension of base station and base station controller, RAN inergration procedure.
2. Have a deep understanding / experience in radio access netwrok LLD design and dimensioning.
3. Master the signalling procedure in RAN and know to invistigate complicated network problems, master the basic KPI`s of RAN and know how to verify the network status.
4. Excellent team work spirit, communication and interpersonal skills.
5. Open minded, optimism, enthusiatic and willing to take challenges, flexible, able to handle job under pressure
6. Excellent English Language skills

Bachelor degree or above in related field

SASS CSS Pre-Processing Technique

Can You Show Me That In Red, With A Wider Sidebar And In Verdana?

How CSS Pre-Processing Revolutionises Your Relationship With Indecisive Design Clients
Every designer has been there at some point. After delivering the perfect design image to the client – almost exactly mirroring the sketches and discussion at the meeting a week ago – the dreaded e-mail comes back asking for a colour, style and layout change.

A whole host of changes are required that will take hours to complete – hundreds of individually coloured, shaded and styled elements all have to be recoloured to ‘try out’ this new red look. On top of that they want to see the sidebar changed – cue some edits to all your text boxes, sidebar area and don’t forget to change all the fonts too! The old way of getting sign off on design can be a real pain – working in an image editor doesn’t feel like the right way to go but editing hundreds of lines of CSS wasn’t a whole lot of fun either.

CSS Preprocessing Introduction
The idea that we can extend CSS by adding some features then processing that code to produce the final CSS is called preprocessing CSS. SASS (Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets) is one of the most popular forms of this technique and includes four powerful new features – namely nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance and many useful functions.

The one that will be most powerful when dealing with our indecisive client is variables. Some edits that would have taken hours such as the edits in our title example can take simply seconds using a code based design approach and combining that with CSS preprocessing.

The Steps Using Plain CSS
Designers working straight in code have long enjoyed the benefits of being able to simply change some CSS elements and see an immediate response in their browser window. Fonts can be tried out, colours quickly changed and clients can experience the output live instead of statically on a painstakingly recreated image. When a client requests as many changes as above, however there can still be a lot of steps.

Firstly the designer would have to find all the instances of the old colour (let’s say blue) in the design and amend those to red’s. The correct shades of red (darker or lighter) for all other elements would need to be calculated then applied to those elements by hand. Some use of ‘search and replace’ will speed this step up.

After adjusting the colour a simple search and replace is likely to solve the font issue. Some checking to ensure the fallback fonts are also adjusted will be required though – it’s no good changing the main font from a serif font to a sans-serif only to leave all the fallback fonts as serif varieties. Luckily again some search and replace will save time here.
The sidebar width probably depends on the overall sheet width either through a calculation based on the fixed width of the site or simply a percentage of a fluid width. This will likely be a simple adjustment regardless of whether we use preprocessing. The technique for doing the calculation using preprocessing is exciting, however as for some complex grid based designs the size of the grid could be amended and the whole site fall into place in a site coded in SASS.

Some SASS Examples
Let’s see how variables and calculations could be applied to the width.

$sheetwidth = 1000px;
$sidebarwidth = 250px;
.article {
width = $sheetwidth - $sidebarwidth;
. (rest of our article CSS)

As you can see above if your client asked for a wider sidebar you could simply amend that variable in one place in your document. All other elements (such as the width of our articles) that depend on that variable would automatically be resolved in the CSS that SASS outputs when you process it. Applying this to some more complex designs can lead to absolutely huge savings.
There’s some even more fun changes you can apply to colours. Imagine a swap from red to blue in normal CSS. Lots of different shades might have to be changed manually. In SASS where the shades of elements can depend on each other (for example a border that’s darker than a background) we can simply have one change to make to completely change our site from red to blue.

$siteshade = #000061;
.somebox {
color: $siteshade;
background-color: lighten($siteshade, 60%);

All we need to do to change from blue to red is to change the variable $siteshade.
Hopefully this introduction to SASS and the powerful use of variables in your straight to code designs will inspire you to take this step in your next development project. With huge time savings, easier to modify code and the opportunity to trial your designs in live format with your clients, there’s no end of positive opportunities for your next project whether it’s a car insurance comparison site or a personal blog for an artist.

How Mobile Changed The Design World Forever: History Of Responsive Design

How Mobile Changed The Design World Forever: History Of Responsive Design

Have you ever heard of i-Mode? No? Well of course you have heard of its little brother WAP from back when you first checked an e-mail on a mobile phone. Right from the beginning our mobile Internet experience was founded on these failed concepts. Painstakingly recoding websites to an inferior platform was a failure. Luckily a failure that we have long forgotten. The future is a design world where we also forget many other failed attempts and finally see the first signs of the mobile Internet that changed web design forever. It’s time to find out the history of this revolution.

Moving On From WAP and i-Mode – The ‘Fully Capable Device’

Thinking back to the days of WAP and i-Mode it’s not hard to see why users were so frustrated. Difficult to navigate text only sites or poorly formatted mobile only sites that didn’t bear any resemblance to the Internet they’d fallen in love with at home weren’t much to set people’s imaginations free. So we moved on to the revolution that started it all – ‘The Fully Capable Device’ such as the iPhone.

“I believe the iPhone (a phone that uses the traditional TCP/IP model) is closer to the mobile phone of the future, compared with the latest Japanese mobile phones.” i-mode’s creator, Takeshi Natsuno

The problem with these fully capable devices initially were that websites were not at all compatible with comfortable use on a small screen. Users went from not being able to see anything because it wasn’t there in the first place (WAP) to not being able to see anything because of the brutal amount of scrolling and zooming that was needed! There’s little point ranking number one with great search engine optimization if your users can’t enjoy the site! Let’s give credit where it’s due however – these first devices set users free and made designers face up to the fact that users wanted the ‘real Internet’ on their mobile devices and those devices were now fully capable of delivering it.

Making It Fit – Specialist Mobile Browsers

All this scrolling and zooming led the software developers at Opera to realise that a better alternative might be to rearrange the content into one nice, neat column. Text was re-sized, excessive graphics and formatting were scaled or removed and menus made more touch friendly. On some of the less capable devices out there with really tiny screens this little browser was a revolution. To most of the better devices it solved a problem in an acceptable manner but hardly brought the joy of surfing beautiful sites to mobile users. The success of these browsers is as much a symptom of a failure to adapt by the design community as it is a feature of the success of Opera – users had to choose between a site with no adaption to mobile use or one that was hacked into shape by software.

Putting The Pieces Together: Responsive Design

Luckily things have started to move in the right direction. Designers can see the benefits of one easy to view column to mobile users on small devices – the huge popularity of Opera Mini proves this. However they also must capture vibrant colour, styles and a design that users love if they are to keep their online following as users move into the mobile world.

Sites that rely on generic templates (such as the WPTouch plug in for WordPress) to make their mobile sites or those that simply rely on users reprocessing their sites into a vaguely acceptable format by their browser miss a huge opportunity. Those who embrace that opportunity and allow their site to respond to the viewing size of devices – always looking great and always being appropriate to the user experience of that device – will grab an increasing share of this mobile market. Those who do not adapt will be left behind.

The Core Principles of Responsive Design for Mobiles

Responsive design was driven by mobile devices – they were the first devices so small that they required something to be done to content to make it easier for users to consume. The reason it’s a design revolution is that some sites now display better on notebooks and huge screens than they ever did when a 960 pixel fixed width was used as standard.

Responsive Web Design

By responding to the screen size (browser window) available, this design technique allows one set of high quality content and high quality features to be shared by all device users – now and in the foreseeable future. Some of the tips from Opera are taken on board – usually a nice one flowing column is used- sometimes a site even scales in steps moving one sidebar for netbooks then dropping them both to one column for tablets and phones. Perhaps the menu has nice big square finger-friendly buttons on a smaller screen (most likely to be a touch device) but has a flowing, graphics based menu with drop downs on a wide screen HD monitor. Images will automatically fit the columns no matter what size of device is being used. Designers have a real challenge in ensuring that content looks great and is enjoyable to consume on all devices, responsive design by allowing them to cater for the viewing area allows them a simple, yet elegant solution.

Finally mobile users can dream of the ‘Real Internet’ on their phones. The good news is it’s just around the corner.

Google+ announces new face tagging feature

‘Find My Face’ is a new feature that has been developed by Google+ to enable users to tag people in their photos. It will work in the browser version of Google+ and is very similar to Facebook’s already established feature that suggests tags for individuals in photos. However, the difference between the two is that Facebook does not require user consent for the tagging, while Google+ does. Users on the latter social network can ‘tag’ someone in one of their photographs and the tag attaches the person’s name to their face in the photo. If a user has been tagged in this way in someone else’s photo, then they will be able to see it on their profile so that they are aware when someone adds photos that include them.

Possession of Facebook’s similar photo tagging feature is default for all users, however those who have a Google+ account have the option to accept or to reject a tag, as well as being able to disable the feature altogether. So if someone has been checking their e-mails or playing online poker and they decide to check their Google+ account, they will not find that they have already been tagged in photos that they do not like. They will have the option to decide whether they want to be tagged or not.

It is still unclear whether Google will be releasing a version of this application for Android OS and the introduction of it into accounts is taking place slowly. However, it is likely that users will eventually see this application made available for Android OS and that all users will become familiar with it. It seems that Google first wants to make sure that this new feature can integrate seamlessly into the world of Google+, so that users will be happy with it.

Google +1 button Error 404

A small mistake can waste all your efforts. It could happen to anyone, even large companies like Google. You might have received an email notification about the Google +1 button campaign announcing that the code is now public, just grab it and put it on your website.

You might have even tried to click on the blue button “Get the code!” and just got a 404 Error saying that the requested page was not found.

If you examine carefully the url, you find a typo in the word button which was written with a single “t”

Trying to change


will not solve the problem, as it appears to be located in the 301 redirection rule.

The solution is to type the following url

Et Voilà..

Now you can grab the code.

How long do you think it will take for Google team to discover the mistake and fix it? Do you think they will resend the email notifications or just make a fix to the wrong url and make it redirect to the correct one?

Update Jun 2, 2011: The link with single “t” is now redirected to the correct url. Case Closed !

Try Google Webmaster Tools Promotion

I have noticed the Google is promoting Webmaster Tools on search queries of the format “site:domain.tld” and it makes sense since such a campaign would be targeted to webmasters. I mean why would a normal user be looking for how many pages are indexed for a certain domain?
Anyway, what I found a bit funny is that you see the promotion even for some google domains.

Do you own Get indexing and ranking data from Google.

I wonder how many would actually click on that ad !

How to turn off Google Instant

Google Instant is the new homepage makeover to Google Search Engine. This search enhancements allows you to see results as you type your query. Based on ajax technology, the query is sent to Google’s servers for each letter you type. By pushing the limits of their technology and infrastructure, Google is aiming to help the user get better and faster search results because of the fact that people type slowly but read quickly, I think it’s an overkill.

What I think Google is not taking into consideration here is that the majority of “slow typing” people are not even looking at their screen while typing to even notice that the search results are updating but are searching for the keystroke on their keyboard and will not be looking at the screen till they hit the enter.

So, how do you disable Google Instant feature?

1. Go to Google Preferences
2. Select Do not use Google Instant

Gmail Call Phone

It looks like the Google Buzz feature roll out has been a great success for Google as they are applying once again the same strategy on Google Voice: Just Stuff it in Gmail.
It really makes sense to use such a large loyal user base for mass roll out at the same time without the need to fill applications and get familiar with a new platform from the end-user side.

As of today, you can call any phone from within Gmail. You will need to install the voice and video plug-in

According to Google, calls to the U.S. and Canada will be free in 2010 and low rates on international calls ($0.02 per min to major european countries including the U.K., France, Germany as well as China and Japan. You can check the complete Google Voice calling rate here.

Intel Connected Car

Intel takes the “Connected Car” concept to a completely new level. A group of cameras and sensors connected to a built-in platform capable of storing driving behavior from steering, braking, speed even the way you honk. This information is extremely valuable for insurance companies and the police.
From a laptop or smartphone, the car is capable of receiving commands like:

  • Start Engine
  • Adjust Seat Temperature
  • Lock doors
  • Get Car Location (displayed on the map)

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